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Ick! I absolutely hate the fact that I get cold sores. Over time, I have learned that I have all kinds of triggers. For example, I tend to get them when I am tired and stressed out or sick, sometimes even just because the weather is bad or I get too much sun.

I am usually on alert for cold sores in winter. I can feel a little tingling and shortly after get that awful little sore. Left untreated it can be miserable and last for about two weeks.

I do use Abreva® and I have found that when I first feel that teeny tingle on my lip, that if I put Abreva® on right away, I can often stop a full blown cold sore from forming. If I am out of Abreva®  and wait a day or so, I will still get a bit cold sore, although the Abreva® can speed up the time it takes to heal. Sometimes, like for Holiday parties, that is super helpful.

Did you know that Abreva® is the only over-the-counter medication approved by the FDA that is proven to shorten healing time of a cold sore?

I do think Abreva®  is a good thing to stock in your medicine cabinet. Find out more about cold sore medicine here on the Abreva®  website.

What exactly IS a cold sore? Here is some information from Abreva® :

  • “A cold sore is a blister that forms on or around the lips and is usually caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1).[i] HSV-1 usually affects the lips or mouth but can spread to the eyes or genitals.[ii]
  • Most cold sore sufferers aren’t exactly sure when they first encountered the virus because HSV-1 is usually contracted early in childhood. [iii]
  • While it’s likely that up to 90% of adults have been infected by the cold sore virus, not everyone gets cold sore outbreaks.8 Actually, only 20%-40% of people will experience cold sores.8
  • About 80 millionAmericans suffer from cold sores, which can be unsightly and sometimes painful.[iv]
  • If left untreated a cold sore typically goes through 5 stages during its 7-10 day course, and sometimes it can hang around up to 2 weeks.[v]

You probably already know that HSV-1 is as easy to spread as it is tough to fight. The virus that causes cold sores is very contagious, so avoid close personal contact such as kissing or sharing utensils during an outbreak.9 So it goes without saying: keep the virus to yourself.”

Other tips?

Well, you can also get a prescription that helps, but that is a hassle. You need to show your doctor a cold sore, usually. You can ask your doctor about that. I also use a tea tree based lip butter, and find that helps too. I also make sure to not use lipsticks while I have a cold sore. I will use my finger or a q-tip to apply a bit of lipstick. If I get a cold sore and know my lipstick touched it, I do need to throw out that lipstick.

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[i] Abreva website.  Retrieved October 23, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/what-are-cold-sores.aspx
[ii] Abreva website.  Retrieved October 23, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/cold-sore-myths.aspx
[iii] Abreva website.  Retrieved November 8, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/cream/spreading-cold-sores
[iv] US Census Data 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2012. http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/
[v] Abreva website.  Retrieved October 23, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/stages-of-a-cold-sore.aspx  

 

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As a Mom, I try to keep updated about things that may affect my children. I recently heard that Tylenol is making some changes in Infants and Children’s Tylenol. I want to forward this information to my readers as I know it is important. As early as this next cold and flu season, changes will be being made. These changes affect:

Concentration – Infants’ TYLENOL® will now have the same concentration of the active ingredient, acetaminophen, as Children’s TYLENOL®, which will standardize dosing across the products and age groups.

Dosage Methods and Packaging – When Infants’ TYLENOL® returns to store shelves as early as this upcoming cold and flu season, the products will continue to include specially designed dosing devices appropriate to the age of the child.

Infants’ TYLENOL® will include SIMPLEMEASURE®, a new, enhanced bottle with a protective opening and push-in syringe designed to:

  • Provide even more accurate dosing and easier administration to infants
  • Allow for better control when dispensing with fewer spills
  • Further reduce the risk of children getting to the medicine in the bottle

Children’s TYLENOL® bottles will also have a protective opening that will make it more difficult for children to get into the bottles.

There may be a time period when more than one concentration of infants’ acetaminophen products will be available in stores, and parents and caregivers might have both in their medicine cabinets. Caregivers should always read and follow the dosing directions on the package they are using.

Parents and caregivers should contact their child’s healthcare provider if they have questions about dosing instructions.

You can find more information on the TYLENOL Products Update Page.

Helpful Tips for Giving Medicines to Infants and Children:

Simply remember to NURSE

Never give adult medicines to children.

Use the measuring device (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).

Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.

Store all medicines out of the reach of children. Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.

Every child grows. Know the infant’s or child’s weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.

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